(Message posted April 13, 2021)
Dear Pitt-Greensburg students, faculty, and staff:
As we prepare for the end of the spring 2021 semester, I want to share some additional steps we will take to decrease the potential spread of COVID-19. As our students depart campus, we want to minimize the risk that they could bring the virus home with them to their families and other contacts. Therefore, we are asking the following of our students:
Shelter in place for 14 days total. Starting at 8 p.m. on April 16, students should minimize their contacts with others and limit exposure to those in their residence pod. Students may attend in-person classes, go to work, and visit clinical education sites but should avoid extracurricular activities that include in-person meetings with others. Students may also leave for essential errands, such as picking up food and groceries, participating in surveillance testing or seeking medical care. The fitness center will remain open with limited occupancy. Social gatherings should not occur. When students return to their homes, we strongly recommend that they shelter-in-place for another four days to limit the possible exposure of others.
While sheltering in place, we urge students to limit contact with others, wear face coverings, practice good hand hygiene and keep an appropriate physical distance at all times, using virtual options for interaction outside of their pods. If a student is returning to a living environment with someone who is in a vulnerable population, we recommend that they wear a face covering even with members of their pods and continue to wear a face covering and maintain physical distance for at least four days after returning home.
If a student is in quarantine or isolation near the end of the semester, they should consult the campus health center for guidance on their specific shelter-in-place protocol.
Please take a few minutes to read the shelter-in-place FAQs shared by the CMRO [link no longer available].
Dr. Robert Gregerson
President, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg